Beloved Highlands Ranch bakery closes its doors

Competition forces Pierre Michel French Bakery to shut down

Posted 11/13/18

After 10 years of business, Pierre Michel French Bakery announced on social media that it has closed its doors. The family-owned restaurant sat at the corner of a high-traffic shopping center near …

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Beloved Highlands Ranch bakery closes its doors

Competition forces Pierre Michel French Bakery to shut down

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After 10 years of business, Pierre Michel French Bakery announced on social media that it has closed its doors. The family-owned restaurant sat at the corner of a high-traffic shopping center near the intersection of Wildcat Reserve Parkway and Highlands Ranch Parkway.

“Today competition is too hard on us,” a Nov. 2 post on the bakery's public Facebook page says.

Eric and Isabelle Vivier opened the bakery in 2008, when they moved from France to Highlands Ranch, according to the bakery's website. They named the establishment after their fathers and ran the business with the help of their three children.

Nestled in a small space with few tables, the intimate restaurant was known for its handmade, all-organic French delicacies, from chocolate croissants to sweet and savory crepes to fresh bread. Most Sundays, the pastry display was cleared out by 10 a.m., according to Yelp reviews.

More than 500 community members responded to the announcement with memories of their first time dining at Pierre Michel French Bakery and appreciation for the friendly staff. In a community where chain restaurants are the norm, the authenticity of the bakery was refreshing, residents said.

“This is a sad day as this was perhaps the best thing in all of Highlands Ranch,” a resident commented on the Nov. 2 post.

“A saddening loss of a true artisan,” another resident wrote. “Your breads and pastries were a labor of love with a true respect for the traditions almost lost to conventional imitations.”

The Viviers do not have plans to open another restaurant.

“We are staying in the Ranch... you will see us around,” they wrote. “We will miss you for sure.”

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